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around innsbruck 2 - contemporary architecture on the outskirts of the city

Architecture worth seeing is not only found in the city centre. There are remarkable buildings also on the outskirts of the city and in the adjacent towns and villages. Starting from the former Adambräu brewhouse, this tour leads southwards via Wilten, among other places, to the Bergisel ski-jump complex, as well as to Igls, Patsch and Natters.

For most of the buildings advertised here, public transport will nicely do.

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a tour to 16 buildings

Adambräu Brewery

Lois-Welzenbacher-Platz 1, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Rainer Köberl, Giner + Wucherer (2003-2004) Builder-owner: Stadt Innsbruck Open to the public: Tue-Fri 11 a.m.–6 p.m, Thu 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (aut); by appointment only (University Architecture Archive) Accessibility: Close to the Central Station on Südbahnstraße, entrance from the courtyard in the back of the building
Tel. +43 (512) 57 15 67 (aut)
Tel. +43 (512) 507 33101 (Archiv für Baukunst)

This part of the former Adambräu brewery, a landmark industrial building of classical modernism by Lois Welzenbacher, came under the federal law on the protection of monuments when the brewery closed down. Most respectful, nearly invisible interventions turned the functionalist structure into what might be described as a pulsating machine to convey architecture. On the lower floors,aut. architektur und tirol continually proposes exhibitions and lectures on contemporary architecture, the upper floors are occupied by the University Architecture Archive.

© Lukas Schaller


Mentlgasse 20, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Jörg Streli (2014-2015) Builder-owner: Diözese Innsbruck Open to the public: No

In place of the dilapidated Mentlvilla, used by Caritas as an emergency shelter for people with substance abuse issues, Jörg Streli was able to construct an initial building block on the future edge of the city from the Main Railway Station to the Südring. Making a conscious reference to Lois Welzenbacher’s Adambräu, he designed a narrow, six-story tower that frees up the street space and the forecourt of the neighboring Carmelite Church.

© Karl Heinz

Redevelopment of Wiltener Platzl

Wiltener Platzl, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Manfred Gsottbauer (2009-2010) Builder-owner: Stadt Innsbruck TIP: Every Saturday morning a farmers’ market takes place here.

The Wiltener Platzl, which had previously deteriorated into a pure traffic (rest) area, was transformed with few interventions into a lively and attractive neighborhood square. A uniform ground level and a continuous surface made of bright granite lets the square appear spacious. A bench with a drinking fountain, two trees and granite block seating possibilities structure the square space and invite people to linger without having to consume anything.

© Günter R. Wett

Senior Housing Complex with the Wilten Neighborhood Center

Liebeneggstraße 2a, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Kurt Rumplmayr (2015-2016) Builder-owner: IIG Open to the public: Partially Tip: The neighborhood center enriches the social and cultural life in Wilten with offers such as courses, seminars or exhibitions.

For a long time, a gap stood on Wiltener Platzl, a small square in the immediate vicinity of the listed Liebenegg Manor. This empty site was convincingly closed with an angular structure marked by two high points. Public and semi-public uses are located on the ground floor, while small, handicapped-accessible apartments for senior citizens can be found on the upper floors.

© Christian Flatscher

MPREIS Retterwerk

Franz-Fischer-Straße 8, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Silvia Boday (2015) Builder-owner: MPREIS Open to the public: Mo to Sa during business hours Tip: Café area with indoor seating and an outdoor dining area

A supermarket divided into several structures was converted and extended with a glass pavilion. The challenge consisted in molding the heterogeneous existing structure and the extension into a new entity, which was achieved primarily through continuous flooring featuring ornamental tiles. The tendril pattern partly turns up again on the walls and ceilings, lending the market its very unique atmosphere.

© David Schreyer

Salamander Housing Project

Franz-Fischerstraße 26a, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Bernd Ludin, Bernhard Geiger, Birgit Licker-Plank, Armin Kathan, Ferdinand Reiter, Angelika Wurz (2015-2018) Builder-owner: Planet Bauprojekt GmbH Open to the public: Partially

The residential complex is an example of how high-quality, inner-city densification can arise in the inner courtyards, which are enclosed by a Gründerzeit block perimeter development. The 120 or so apartments are spread over two floors that open up to the sunken inner courtyard and a number of separate structures with green roofs and façades.

© Planet Bauprojekt GmbH

Q1 Pechepark and Leopold Town House

Südbahnstraße, Leopoldstraße 45, 49-51, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Raimund Rainer (2015-2016) Builder-owner: ZIMA, Moser Wohnbau & Immobilien GmbH Open to the public: No Tip: You can access the green inner courtyard from the adjacent Pechegarten.

Erecting a residential building along the Südring near the Grassmayrkreuzung presents a difficult challenge. Raimund Rainer reacts to this starting situation with several structures of varying heights that run along the street. Closing the existing block perimeter development off on three sides, they function as a soundproof wall in the south. An additional, free-standing structure, which the majority of the apartment living rooms are oriented towards, was placed in the quiet inner courtyard.

© Simon Rainer

IVB Betriebsdienstgebäude

Pastorstraße 5, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: LORENZATELIERS (2012-2013) Builder-owner: Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe und Stubaitalbahn GmbH Open to the public: nein TIPP: Gegenüber liegt die Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts errichtete Wiltener Basilika, die mit ihrer Barockfassade und Rokokoausstattung zu Innsbrucks wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten zählt.

Am Südrand von Innsbruck befindet sich das Betriebsgelände der Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe mit der Hauptremise für Busse und Straßenbahnen. Das neue, im Osten weit über die Gleise auskragende Verwaltungsgebäude ist in enger Zusammenarbeit zwischen Bauherren und Architekt entstanden. Die vorgehängte Fassade aus unterschiedlich gelochten Cortenstahlplatten und die Werkstattatmosphäre im Innenraum tragen zu einer dezidiert industriellen Anmutung bei, mit der die Funktion der Verkehrsbetriebe zum Ausdruck gebracht werden soll.

© Christof Lackner

Bergisel Ski Jump

Bergisel, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: Zaha Hadid Architects (2001-2002) Builder-owner: Austria Ski Veranstaltungs GesmbH Open to the public: daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m, in the summer until 6 p.m.; there is an entrance fee. Accessibility: Tram number 1, and 20 minutes’ walk from the final station – or the Sightseer bus from the city centre TIP: Viewing platform and the "Café im Turm” restaurant on top of the approach tower

The new Bergisel ski jump is a landmark that is visible from most every part of town. The various functional elements, while still perfectly and precisely serving their purpose as mere instruments of sports competition, were moulded into an elegantly sculptural and expressively dynamic construction symbolising the ski jumper’s movement.

© Nikolaus Schletterer

"The Tyrolean Panorama"

Bergisel 2, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: stoll.wagner+partner (2008-2011) Builder-owner: Land Tirol Open to the public: daily 09:00 – 17:00 hrs (subject to a charge) Accessibility: Tram route 1 and approx. 20 min walk or journey with the tourist sightseeing bus TIP: The "Riesenrundgemälde” (huge round painting) by Zeno Diemer (1896) with its portrayal of the third "Bergisel Battle” in 1809, painted on a canvas exceeding 1000 square metres.

A new museum was constructed in Bergisel with the "Riesenrundgemälde” being its main attraction. The architects solved the complex task at the location of both historical and landscape importance, with a flat solitary and "reserved design” building situated on the edge of the slope leading to the Sillschlucht. However, when travelling towards the main traffic routes, the round painting takes on the appearance of a sculpture with it being presented in a hollow.

© Markus Bstieler

Congresspark Igls

Eugenpromenade 2, 6080 Igls, A
Architecture: Albert Weber, Kurt Rumplmayr (2006-2007) Builder-owner: Congress und Messe Innsbruck Open to the public: The "TransBaRent” café is open to the public daily from 1 to 8 p.m (in summer) and from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. (in winter) Accessibility: In easy walking distance from 2 stops of bus J in Igls.

The "village” of Igls, at the foothills of the Patscherkofel, is one of the inhabitants’ favorite leisure areas, and shortly will be declared air health resort. Right in the center of the Kurpark there is the congress centre run (as well as its much bigger "cousin” in Innsbruck) by the Innsbruck Congress and Fair Corporation. With the concept of a garden pavilion in mind, the two architects, rather than landing a solid building smack in the middle of the park, merely designed a transparent energy-saving jacket under a rounded overlapping roof. Inside your will find whatever is necessary for smaller assemblies or seminars, plus a public café where you can also sit outside.

© Lukas Schaller


Römerstrasse 81, 6080 Igls, A
Architecture: Innauer Matt Architekten, ao-architekten (2016-2018) Builder-owner: Stadt Innsbruck Accessibility: Bus line J Tip: Enjoy the view on a hike around the Patscherkofel Mountain (evening trips also on Thursdays in summer).

While the Nordkettenbahn cable railway (architecture: Franz Baumann), built around the same time, was sensitively adapted for a new cable car technology, this apparently proved not to be economically justifiable for the Patscherkofelbahn (architecture: Hans Fessler), which opened in 1928. A three-station monocable gondola lift, characterized by a very strict and purist approach focusing on function, arose in place of the old aerial tramway.

© Günter R. Wett

Village Center, Patsch

Dorfstraße 22, 6082 Patsch, A
Architecture: Todorka Iliova, Raimund Wulz (2015-2018) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Patsch In 2020, the village center received an Honorable Mention of the State of Tyrol for New Building.

The redesign of the village center in Patsch arose out of a community development process with an associated architecture competition. On the northern edge of the property, a building for the community office, based in terms of its dimensions and materiality on the existing development, and a music pavilion on the southern edge, were erected. Together with the former parish hall, which has been transformed into a clubhouse, and the new village square, the residents gained a lively meeting place.

© Tobias Christoph

Natters Music Rehearsal Building and Club House

Innsbruckerstraße 4, 6161 Natters, A
Architecture: Manfred Gsottbauer (2008) Builder-owner: Gemeinde Natters Open to the public: partially Accessibility: Tram route "STB” from Innsbruck main station

The winning concept for the rehearsal, practicing and performance square for the village and its club, which was planned under the key note "give the festival a structure”, was selected from the architectural contest for the village’s regeneration. The main part is a passe-partout type roofed gallery which contains the copper panelled club house and festival-square with stage and, at the same time is a landscape viewing platform.

© Birgit Koell

Badehaus Natterer See (Main building and spa lake Natters)

Natterer See 1, 6161 Natters, A
Architecture: Giner + Wucherer (2008) Builder-owner: Familie Giner Open to the public: The all year camping area is open to the public. Accessibility: About 2,5 km from the village of Natters TIP: You can go bathing in the lake; there is, however, an entrance fee.

As part of the newly designed entrance area of the lake Natters camping area, the architects created a long and narrow building for the necessary infrastructure functions that sets up to now unheard of quality standards in the world of tents, caravans and mobile homes. Despite its rather large volume, the two-storey building unpretentiously sits on the lakeshore, sort of becoming part of the landscape. There, you find everything you need for a camping holiday, plus a lot of small highlights and brilliant new ideas.

© Nikolaus Schletterer

Erweiterung Volksschule Amras (Amras elementary school, annex)

Kirchsteig 8, 6020 Innsbruck, A
Architecture: riccione architekten (2006-2007) Builder-owner: IIG Accessibility: Tram n. 3 or buses C, T (DEZ shopping centre) Take a pleasant walk through the beautiful park up to Ambras castle.

A solitary cube with an intriguingly structured façade of concrete, glass and larch wood – this is the annex of the Amras elementary school. Very appropriately adapting to the scale of the usually smaller, village-like buildings of a city quarter that had actually once been a small farming village, it does not add to but rather detract from, as it were, the mass of the old school building, and still manages to define e new central square for Amras.

© Martin Tusch